This whole year of covering veteran issues for MTV's Choose or Lose has really opened my eyes to what our young Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are going through. "A Night for Vets: An MTV Concert for the BRAVE" was one of the most gratifying experiences I've had as an MTV News correspondent.
The overall theme of the show — a celebration of vets — seemed to resonate with the crowd. All the veterans I met were elated to be acknowledged. The packages CNN and MTV produced really hit home with what they've been going through in terms of transitioning back into civilian life. And the BRAVE petition excited them and showed them that we haven't forgotten them as a country.
50 set the tone. He answered the crowd's excitement and anticipation. The fact that you could get one of the top artists in the world for these guys says a lot about the cause. And every one of the vets appreciated it.
One of the best experiences for me was working side-by-side with Anderson Cooper, Robin Meade and the entire CNN team. It's definitely one of the most-watched channels in my home (along with MTV, of course). I admire their professionalism and journalism.
I first met Anderson at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, and man, I like how that dude works. He's focused, to say the least. It was great to see him off-camera a bit too. He's friendly and personal. And with Robin, I think there was a great balance among all of us. I really felt privileged to be working alongside them and to see our news on their airwaves.
So it was a proud moment. I'm glad I had a chance in the most humble way to serve the vets and be a part of history.
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